Top 10 cookbooks for Father’s Day 2014

What better Father’s Day gift for your foodie dad than a shiny new cookbook? Check out our Ultimate Father’s Day Cookbook Buyer’s Guide and you’re sure to discover a present that will stoke the fire of his foodie passion.

For foodie weekend projects

Food DIY by Tim Hayward

The subtitle of Tim Hayward’s award-winning 2013 book is How to Make Your Own Everything. For anyone who enjoys cooking as a hobby and is fascinated by the provenance of what they eat, this is an essential book. There are recipes and guides for all manner of foodie projects, giving you the skills you need to become a truly self-sufficient cook.

In the Charcuterie by Toponia Miller and Taylor Boetticher

This amazing book from the husband and wife team behind San Francisco’s The Fatted Calf charcuterie will teach you everything you need to know to produce your own preserved meats. 125 mouthwatering recipes include fragrant salami, elegant duck terrine and mouth-watering pate, accompanied by a host of new skills and techniques.

For the dinner party show-off

Simon Hopkinson Cooks

This book, created to accompany Simon Hopkinson’s 2013 series on More4, is a delight to read and cook from. Twelve themed menus offer a range of dishes and drinks that are easy to make and complement each other perfectly. Simon explains his choices in calm, reassuring prose that offers interest and inspiration. A great buy for the dinner party cook.

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Embark on a journey of Middle Eastern discovery with this best-selling cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi and his cookery and business partner, Sami Tamimi. The pair share their favourite family recipes and lift the lid on a vast array of ingredients and flavour combinations that will breathe new life into any kitchen repertoire.

For the budding baker

Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding by Justin Gellatly

Justin Gellatly is head baker and co-owner at Borough Market’s wildly popular Bread Ahead bakery. Using artisan baking techniques, he turns out cakes, bakes and bread that fly off the shelves as soon as they are put out. He’s also, rightly, known as London’s doughnut king. His new book is a grand tour of all his favourite recipes, including those famous doughnuts. Perfect for anyone wanting to expand their baking skills.

Brilliant Bread by James Morton

Ex-Bake Off finalist James Morton’s debut recipe book is a Must Buy for anyone who has ever fancied turning their hand to bread-making. Ranging from basic everyday loaves to complex baking projects, the tempting recipes are accompanied by clear visual guides to help readers master key skills.

For the king of the grill

Grill It With Levi by Levi Roots

This gloriously good-natured book from Reggae Reggae sauce magnate Levi Roots is filled to the brim with sizzling barbecue inspiration. Buy this book to pack your outdoor eating with some serious Caribbean punch.

The BBQ Book by DJ BBQ

DJ BBQ, aka Christian Stevenson, is one of a growing band of talented new cooks appearing on Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube channel. His handy new book has 50 innovative recipes that will change the way you barbecue forever, all described in his trademark witty style.

For the great British drinker

Hawksmoor at Home by Huw Gott, Will Beckett, Richard Turner and Dan Lepard

One of London’s most popular restaurant brands, Hawksmoor is as well known for its cocktail list as it is for its steaks. You’ll find recipes for all Hawksmoor’s signature drinks in the book, including this Bottle of Manhattan. Bottoms up!

Brewing Britain by Andy Hamilton

UK homebrew expert Andy Hamilton leads his readers on a search for the perfect pint in this essential new guide to Britain’s beer and brewing culture. Packed with tips, recipes and a guide to producers and local events, it is the ultimate British beer drinker’s companion.

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